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Canon MG6320 Review

This is a larger printer, but it will stand in to cover all the functions you have at the office in your home.

May 08, 2013
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Crunch the Numbers

By the numbers, this printer isn't the best, but then again there can be only one, right? The has good color accuracy, but a narrow(ish) color gamut can lead to some issues with reds. But you don't need to take my word for it— the following is a real account of the hard data when examining this printer's performance by the numbers.

Color Performance

Subjecting the 's best quality color prints to measuring by our scientific lab equipment, we discovered an 8.9 Delta E average color error, which on the whole isn't too bad when you consider that the worst offenders (red, moderate red, and magenta) bump up the error quite a bit. Had we not measured those, the average error would be closer to something like 7.1 Delta E, which still isn't fantastic, but it's about where it should be for an inkjet.

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Some of the problem comes from the color gamut being a little narrow in the reds, which happens from time to time. Overall, the printer can reproduce about 34.3% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, which is on the low end of what a comparably priced pro photo printer would be able to give you, so not much cause for alarm there.

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Detail

Detail is also a mixed bag, but if you have lots of fine lines in your photos, they will be printed sharply and very crisp, as the MG6320 excels in that category. Additionally, you won't notice any color banding in gradients as well, so you can rest assured that you won't be losing any detail in shadows or edges of lighting changes.

However, high-contrast situations seem to suffer a bit— as you can see on the edge scan, the printer doesn't seem to be able to get a very clean edge. Keep in mind, though, that this is a scan taken at 6400DPI in an area that's.1" x.1", so take this as you will.

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[This printer] has a very deep black level, or DMax value, of 2.92 Tweet It

To its credit, the MG6320 has a very deep black level, or DMax value: 2.92 places it very close to the ideal. Consequently, you can count on your pictures to have good contrast, and there will be only an infinitesimally small error on the printer's part—your paper will be more responsible for any loss of contrast than anything else.

Print Speed

If I were to sum up the print speed of the MG6320 in a word, that word would be "glacial." However, that's only if you limit yourself to the best document quality, which may or may not be so important to you.

Probably the most surprising thing about this is that the printer is very slow with high-quality documents, averaging almost a minute per page with all of the stops and head-cleaning, but picture printing is quite a bit quicker. In our labs, we were able to clock speeds of 1.91 seconds per square inch on the highest photo quality, which is actually fairly good as far as photo printers go. That means that each 4" x 6" print will probably take about 41 seconds to go from a twinkle in your photo editor's eye to physical object.

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